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JAN 20 – MAR 11, 2012

Produced in association with
Goodman Theatre
By John Logan
Illustration by Ulla Puggaard

Directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls
Featuring 4-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero

in the Kreeger

Who's Who

CAST (in alphabetical order)

Patrick AndrewsPATRICK ANDREWS (Ken) recently appeared in American Buffalo (Steppenwolf), Do the Hustle (Writers’ Theatre), Cabaret (Drury Lane), The Homosexuals and Stupid Kids (About Face), The People’s Temple and Speech & Debate (American Theater Company), The Snow Queen (Victory Gardens), Into the Woods (Marriott Lincolnshire), Willy Wonka (Chicago Shakespeare), The Sparrow (House Theatre), and Dorian (Bailiwick). Other regional credits include American Buffalo (McCarter), Saved (Kansas City Rep), West Side Story (Walnut Street), and the national tour of Fosse. Choreography credits include Cherrywood (Mary-Arrchie), Queertopia (About Face), Go, Dog, Go! (Chicago Children’s), and Bible B-Sides (Sinnerman). On TV, he’s appeared in The Chicago Code. Patrick is an ensemble member of American Theatre Company, artistic associate with About Face Theatre, member of the band DAAN, and member of Goldmine. Back

Edward GeroEDWARD GERO (Mark Rothko) is a four-time Helen Hayes winner and 14-time nominee. Local credits include the title role of Sweeney Todd (Signature), The Chosen (Theater J), Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Ford’s), American Buffalo (Studio), The Matchmaker (CenterStage), and Skylight (Studio, Helen Hayes Award). In 28 seasons with Shakespeare Theatre, he’s played 70 roles, including Helen Hayes-winning turns in Henry IV, Richard II and Macbeth. In N.Y., he’s appeared at South Street Theatre and CSC. Film and TV credits include Die Hard 2, Striking Distance, and narrations for Discovery Channel and PBS. He’s an associate professor at George Mason Univ. and instructor at George Washington Univ.’s Academy for Classical Acting and Univ. of Maryland. For more about his process for Rothko, read The Making of Red ( Back


MARK ROTHKO (1903-70). Born Marcus Rotkowitch in Latvia, Rothko’s family immigrated to Oregon when he was 10. He attended Yale on scholarship but dropped out and moved to New York. Rothko painted in a figurative style for nearly 20 years, before moving to pure abstraction in the mid-1940s and ultimately to his signature style of rectangles in fields of color. In the 1950s, Rothko was heralded as a standard bearer of New American Painting, winning three commissions that dominated his late career. Only in the last, The Rothko Chapel in Houston, did he realize his dream of a contemplative environment in which to interact deeply with his art. While garnering critical acclaim, Rothko battled depression and his career ended in suicide. Back

JOHN LOGAN (Playwright) received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his play Red. This play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. He is the author of more than a dozen other plays, including Never the Sinner and Hauptmann. His adaptation of Ibsen’s The Master Builder premiered on the West End in 2003. As a screenwriter, John had three movies released in 2011: Hugo, Coriolanus and Rango. Previous film work includes Sweeney Todd (Golden Globe Award), The Aviator (Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and WGA noms), Gladiator (Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and WGA noms), The Last Samurai, Any Given Sunday, and RKO 281 (WGA Award, Emmy nom). Back

ROBERT FALLS (Director) has been artistic director of Goodman Theatre since 1986. Earlier this season, he directed Red (Goodman) and Three Hotels (Williamstown). Other Goodman credits include The Seagull and the world premiere of A True History of the Johnstown Flood. Other recent work includes King Lear (Shakespeare Theatre, Helen Hayes Award), Frank’s Home (Goodman; Playwrights Horizons), and Broadway productions of Desire Under the Elms, the Tony-nominated revival of Talk Radio, and the U.S. premiere of Shining City. His production of Aida ran four years on Broadway, and his productions of Death of a Salesman and Long Day’s Journey into Night won seven Tonys and three Drama Desk Awards. His world premiere production of The Jacksonian opens in February at Geffen Playhouse. Back

TODD ROSENTHAL (Set Designer) received the 2008 Tony Award for August: Osage County and a 2011 Tony Award nom for The Motherfucker with the Hat. Current/upcoming designs: Roman Holiday (Guthrie); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Theatre Royal Waterford, Ireland); Close Up Space (Manhattan Theater Club); August: Osage County (Sydney Theatre Company; National Theatre, London); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Broadway); A Parallelogram, Clybourne Park (Steppenwolf); The Seagull (Goodman); As You Like It (Oregon Shakespeare); Stephen King and John Mellencamp’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Exhibitor, 2007 Prague Quadrennial. Lead designer for MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. 2009 Laurence Olivier Award, 2011 Los Angeles Times Ovation Award, 2009 Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration. Associate professor, Northwestern Univ. Graduate, Yale School of Drama.

BIRGIT RATTENBORG WISE (Costume Designer) marks her first project with Arena Stage. Primarily a Chicago designer, her designs are currently appearing at the Goodman Theatre in Race. Her designs have appeared in 28 previous Goodman productions, including many projects with Robert Falls. As a member of his design team for Death of a Salesman, she helped bring the Goodman production to Broadway in 1999 and London’s West End in 2005. Other Chicago credits include work at Victory Gardens and Steppenwolf. Her regional credits include productions at Milwaukee Rep, N.Y. Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre, and Ahmanson Theatre. Her dance designs include projects with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, and Trinity Irish Dance. She teaches design at the Theatre School at DePaul Univ. Back

KEITH PARHAM (Lighting Designer). New York credits include Adding Machine: A Musical at Minetta Lane, Crime and Punishment with Writers’ Theatre, The Sunset Limited with Steppenwolf Theatre, Red Light Winter at Barrow Street Theatre, and Rules for Good Manners in the Modern World with TUTA Theatre. He is also a company member of TUTA Theatre and has designed numerous shows with Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, Next Theatre Company, Timeline Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago Opera Theatre, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, European Repertory Theatre, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and Theatre Wit. Back

RICHARD WOODBURY (Original Composition and Sound Designer). Broadway credits include original music and/or sound design for Desire Under the Elms, August: Osage County, Talk Radio and others. Chicago credits include Up, The Seafarer, August: Osage County and others at Steppenwolf Theatre; Candide, The True History of the Johnstown Flood, Hughie, Krapp’s Last Tape and others at Goodman Theatre. Richard has received Joseph Jefferson, Helen Hayes and Ruth Page awards as well as nominations for Drama Desk and Ovation awards. He has composed numerous scores for dance and is associate professor and distinguished faculty artist at Columbia College Chicago, serving as music director in the dance department. Back

KURT HALL (Stage Manager). Favorite Arena credits include Ruined, Trouble in Mind, every tongue confess, Sophisticated Ladies, Looped, Next to Normal, Ella, Lady Day…, Awake and Sing!, and The Goat. Other regional credits at Kennedy Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre and Signature Theatre. Thanks to his family for all their support. Back

KERI SCHULTZ (Asst. Stage Manager) is thrilled to join the Red team after serving as assistant stage manager on last season’s every tongue confess and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Arena. Most recently, she stage managed The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and Her Dog!) at Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences and Dr. Dolittle at Imagination Stage. She was also an ASM for three seasons at Contemporary American Theatre Festival and for A Little Night Music and The Boys from Syracuse at Baltimore’s CenterStage. She has also stage managed at Studio Theatre (The Pillow Man, Red Light Winter, Take Me Out), Round House, Signature Theatre, and African Continuum Theatre Company and spent three seasons as resident stage manager at Washington Stage Guild. Back

GOODMAN THEATRE (Co-producer). Named the country’s Best Regional Theatre by Time magazine (2003), Goodman Theatre has been internationally recognized for its artists, productions and educational programs since 1925. Artistic Director Robert Falls’ and Executive Director Roche Schulfer’s leadership has earned unparalleled artistic distinction and garnered hundreds of awards, including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre (1992). Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit producing theater, the Goodman recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its state-of-the-art two-theater complex in Chicago’s downtown theater district and has experienced unprecedented success over the past 10 years in its new facility, earning more than 90 awards for its productions and producing 25 new-work commissions. Back